Parsley’s Training Log- 6 Weeks Postpartum, 12.11.16

It’s all about the boobs.  That’s what governed my running the past 6 weeks.  I forgot how much life revolves around baby eating, especially if you’re breastfeeding.  While I physically felt pretty good and ready to ramp things up, it wasn’t always possible timing wise.  By the time you nurse/pump/drain your boobs so you can actually run, you may have run out of time to actually get out the door!

I met some of my running goals, and failed at others.

Goals met:

Ran at least 5 days a week

Got my “long run” up to 45 minutes (once!)

Somewhat established a schedule, routinely running 30 minutes on each run

Failed goals:

Core work/cross training.  I managed to do one long core/strength session a week, but that was it.  Sometimes I snuck in mini-sessions, but nothing routine.  And no cross training at all.  Sleep/the dirty house/piles of laundry called my name stronger.

Next focus:

Continue to build in distance, adding some easy speed work (aka: strides).

Make a better effort at doing core/strength work.

When I go in for my post-birth follow-up appointment, get a referral for PT to finally fix my 2+ year old diastisis recti.

  • note that this is really 4 weeks of running, as I took the 1st 2 weeks after baby was born completely off from doing anything at all.

    My new running partner Rosie, ready to head out for a few miles!

I have fun trying to sprint, enjoy long runs in the mountains, and everything in between. Former competitive runner (3 x marathon OTQ & trail marathon national champion) currently working through a lingering injury. I write about trying to stay competitive while raising young kids and moving into a new post-competitive stage.

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  1. Physically no, maybe a little more mentally since I’m in no rush, just taking my time with it. Logistically definitely. I can’t fit them all in the running stroller and just head out the door anymore, and my other 2 are only in preschool 2 days a week, so it’s difficult finding a time when I can run. Maybe after I do my first race I’ll be more motivated to ramp things up?

  2. Love that you have multiple goals set and are flexible with them as well- I feel like with a newborn (and other kiddos) flexibility would be important. At least this is what I tell myself as I prepare for my first in a few months! Rosie is adorable, congrats again!